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Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network

The UK government has, on World Password Day, repeated its advice against the common security practice of routinely changing passwords. "In 2015, we explicitly advised against [the practice]," a post by GCHQ's Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG) notes. "This article explains why we made this unexpected …
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For fsck's SAKKE: GCHQ-built phone voice encryption has massive backdoor – researcher

The UK government's official voice encryption protocol, around which it is hoping to build an ecosystem of products, has a massive backdoor that would enable the security services to intercept and listen to all past and present calls, a researcher has discovered. Dr Steven Murdoch of University College London has posted an …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jan 2016
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GCHQ's infosec arm bins advisor accreditation scheme

GCHQ's communications security arm, CESG, has been accused of leaving a gaping hole in the government security advisor profession by axing its accreditation scheme. The CESG Listed Advisor Scheme (CLAS), the accreditation programme for private sector consultants providing information assurance advice to the public, is to be …
Kat Hall, 9 Nov 2015
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Encrypt voice calls, says GCHQ's CESG team ... using CESG encryption

While the world was distracted by the UK Pry Minister's ban-working-encryption, log-everything-online Investigatory Powers Bill, the civil service was urging government and enterprises to adopt better cryptography for voice calls. CESG, “the information security arm of GCHQ, and the national technical authority for information …
Bond tries to decipher is tailor

British spooks wave through Samsung S6 mobes for UK govt bods

Samsung's new handsets have been given the seal of approval from the information assurance arm of Britain's intelligence agency. The South Korean tech multinational reckoned that the certification was the first of its kind to be dished out to a mobile vendor in Blighty. Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 edge models were granted the …
Team Register, 20 Jul 2015
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GCHQ boffins quantum-busted its OWN crypto primitive

While the application of quantum computers to cracking cryptography is still, for now, a futuristic scenario, crypto researchers are already taking that future seriously. It came as a surprise to Vulture South to find that in October of this year, researchers at GCHQ's information security arm the CESG abandoned work on a …

Cisco okayed for UK government comms

Cisco has had a bunch of products certified as secure by the GCHQ's information security arm, the Communications & Electronics Security Group (CESG). The certification only covers the products to handle information up to the UK government's “Official” classification – that is, most government information. However, as the …
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Chrome OS leaks data to Google before switching on a VPN, says GCHQ

The sexy-named Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG) – the bit of GCHQ that helps Brits protect stuff from foreign spies (never mind Blighty's) – has issued fresh advice for securing BlackBerry OS 10, Android and Chrome OS 32. It also, handily, identifies "significant risks" in the operating systems. The guidelines …
Simon Rockman, 10 Jun 2014
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GCHQ's CESG CCP 4 UK GOV IT BFFs? LOL RTFA INFOSEC VIPs ASAP

Britain's global eavesdropping nerve-centre GCHQ hopes to turn its certificates of IT security competence into an industry standard - by awarding them to bods in the private as well as public sector. The CESG (Communications-Electronics Security Group) Certified Professional scheme (CCP) was launched in October, and is handed …
John Leyden, 1 Oct 2013
Bond tries to decipher is tailor

UK.gov intros shiny CREST badge for cyber crime-scene cleanup squad

The UK has launched two cyber incident response schemes geared towards helping businesses cope better with the aftermath of malware outbreaks and other hacking attacks. The schemes were launched on Tuesday by the Communications Electronics Security Group (known as CESG), the information security arm of GCHQ, and the Centre for …
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2013

Report: BlackBerry BYOD-ware doesn't pass UK.gov security test

Update BlackBerry Balance, the new feature in BB10 aimed at meeting demand for bring-your-own-device regimes, has been found insufficiently secure for that purpose by Britain's Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG). The CESG, an offshoot of the British signals and electronic intelligence agency GCHQ, describes itself as " …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2013
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UK.gov: 'Foreign cyber reconnaissance' underway in UK

Foreign states may already have used malware to map the networks that support the UK's critical infrastructure systems, the government admitted. The admission by government officials came in the run-up to a parliamentary statement by Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude, marking the first anniversary of the UK's government's …
John Leyden, 4 Dec 2012
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iPhones now 'safe' for Restricted UK.gov info, but not Secret

UK government departments have a green light to use iPhones and other iOS 6 devices for handling sensitive emails. The move may encourage civil servants and ministers to toss their BlackBerries to the wind, provided they don't have to read anything that's more than mildly important. For years RIM's BlackBerry handsets were the …
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2012
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Becrypt disk crypto earns first Brit spook kitemark

A full disk encryption product has become the first bit of kit to be certified by Brit spooks in their new Commercial Product Assurance scheme. Covent Garden-based Becrypt's DISK Protect demonstrated good commercial security practice, earning it the official stamp of approval to be used by the UK government and public sector …
John Leyden, 2 Mar 2012
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Spooks' secret TEMPEST-busting tech reinvented by US student

A mysterious secret technology, apparently in use by the British intelligence services in an undisclosed role, has been reinvented by a graduate student in America. Full details of the working principles are now available. BAE Systems' wireless through-hull comms demo at Farnborough 2010. Works through glass, too. Tristan …
Lewis Page, 10 Mar 2011
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Renta-spook: GCHQ commercialisation 'is a live issue'

GCHQ could be turned into a technology incubator under plans being discussed by the government, it's been revealed. The security minister Baroness Neville-Jones told MPs that commercialisation of the Cheltenham spy agency's technology and services is a "live issue". She appeared yesterday before the Science and Technology …
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GCHQ loses Top Secret laptops

It is the secretive heart of government information security, dispensing advice and setting standards throughout officialdom, but GCHQ's "cavalier" in-house policies have come under fire in a report revealing it lost 35 laptops. Three of the missing machines were certified to hold Top Secret material, according to the annual …
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Home Office hands over £50m for police mobile devices

The Home Office has finalised plans to distribute £50m in extra funding to UK police so that they can purchase 10,000 mobile, networked devices for use by plods in the field. "We are investing in new technology to make crime fighting more effective and to save officers’ time,” said Tony McNulty, minister for cops and spooks …
Lewis Page, 26 May 2008

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